CALGARY, AB AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 2, Hockey Canada and the Los Angeles Kings announced that forwards Brayden Schenn and Brandon Kozun, defensemen Colten Teubert and Nicolas Deslauriers, along with goaltender Martin Jones have been invited to attend the selection camp for Canada’s National Junior Team.
The five Kings prospects are the most any National Hockey League team will have at the camp. Only the Edmonton Oilers with three prospects attending will have more than two prospects at the camp, which will be held December 12-16, 2009 in Regina, Saskatchewan. 36 players were invited to participate.
Canada’s National Junior Team will be selected at the end of the camp. The team will then play three exhibition games before the start of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships, which begin on January 2, 2010.
Schenn, 18, made his Kings and NHL debut on November 26 at Vancouver after signing a One-Day NHL Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement.
In 26 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League this season, the 6-1, 192-pound center has scored thirteen goals and has contributed 28 assists for 41 points with a +14 plus/minus rating. He leads the Wheat Kings in overall scoring and assists and he ranks fourth overall in WHL scoring.
Schenn, who is the captain of the Wheat Kings, has been a part of two gold medal-winning Canadian teams at recent International events.
Schenn, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was selected by the Kings in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Kozun, 19, has played in 29 games this season for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, scoring thirteen goals and adding 38 assists for 51 points with a +11 rating. He leads the WHL in overall scoring and leads his team in assists. He is also tied for second on the team in goals.
Kozun, the captain of the Hitmen, is a 5-8, 155-pound right wing from the Los Angeles area. He was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Teubert, 19, has scored six goals and has contributed fifteen assists for 21 points with 46 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Regina Pats of the WHL this season. He ranks first on the teams in goal scoring by defenseman and second in overall scoring by defensemen.
The 6-4, 194-pound native of White Rock, British Columbia, the captain of the Pats, was one of two Kings’ prospects (Thomas Hickey) to win a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Juniors.
Teubert was selected by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Deslauriers, 18, has scored five goals and has added fifteen assists for twenty points with fifty penalty minutes in thirty games this season with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He ranks third among the team’s defensemen in overall scoring, tied for second overall in shots on goal (93) and is second overall in penalty minutes.
The 6-0, 196-pound native of Lasalle, Quebec ranked 12th among QMJHL defenseman in overall scoring. He was selected by the Kings in the third round (84th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Jones, 19, has appeared in seventeen games for the Calgary Hitmen this season, earning a 12-5-0 record with a 2.74 goals-against average (ranked eighth in the WHL), a .901 save percentage and one shutout.
The 6-4, 185-pound native of North Vancouver, British Columbia was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on October 2, 2008.
The full roster for Canada’s selection camp: Hockey Canada: Selection Camp Roster.
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